A Dutch man died and a Thai man was injured when the scooters they were riding collided, sending the foreigner into an oncoming Phuket tour bus near Chalong Circle late on March 17, Phuket Gazette reported.
The victim is Mr Howard Kaii, 45, an international DJ from the Netherlands who has been living in Phuket with his mother since 2009. His mother identified Mr Kaii the following morning.
The accident occurred in front of the Accident and Emergency Department of the yet-to-be-built Chalong Hospital on Chao Fa West Rd at around 22:30. Chalong Police and Ruamjai Foundation rescue workers arrived at the scene and found Mr Kaii on the road with severe head trauma and a broken neck.
“Another motorist, a Thai man, was taken to hospital for his injuries. We are not sure of his condition,” Lt Chollada Chokdeesrijan from Chalong Police said. Nearby was the wreckage of two motorbikes and a bus with damage to its front.
“Witnesses said that the foreign man was driving his motorbike at high speed when he crashed into the motorbike driven by the Thai man,” Lt Chollada said. “Both vehicles fell onto the road, but Mr Kaii skid into an oncoming bus on the opposite side of the road. Witnesses said he died instantly and that he was not wearing a helmet.”
Police are also questioning the bus driver about the incident. “We have CCTV footage from the bus that might be able to help us figure out what happened.” Meanwhile, police are trying to identify the Thai victim. Mr Kaii’s body has been taken to Vachira Phuket Hospital in Phuket Town.
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